Kerry S. Harris
Kerry S. Harris (born December 8, 1969) is an American entrepreneur and inventor. Harris is involved with[clarification needed] motorcycle helmets under the brand name Akuma Helmets utilizing his patented Integrated Power System. The Integrated Power System is also used in various other helmets to include bicycle, law enforcement, and other sports related industries to increase safety and provide greater utility. Harris' innovations are currently being used by the Departments of Defense of several countries to include impact attenuation (helmets), electronics, optical technology, and human-mechanical interface technology.
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Graduating from Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas, he attained the rank of Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd class (E4) in less than two years, with his primary job being a crash and salvage crewman on the flight deck of the USS Coral Sea. During his junior year at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, he attended officer candidate school for the United States Marine Corps and accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant after graduation. After a three-year tour in the Marine Corps, Harris transferred back to the Navy to attend flight school, earning his "wings of gold" to fly P-3 Orions.
Harris has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School. Harris is a member of the national honor society in Psychology (Psi Chi) and is also a pilot maintaining a commercial pilot's license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. In March 2012, Harris was named "Innovator of the Year" by Black Enterprise magazine.
United States patents
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